Types of HPV Warts: What to Look Out For and How to Treat Them

Human papillomavirus (HPV) can cause different types of warts on various parts of the body. Here are some types of HPV warts:

1. Common Warts (Verruca vulgaris):

Common warts are the most prevalent type of HPV warts. They usually appear on the hands, fingers, and around the nails. Common warts have a rough, raised surface and can vary in size and shape.

2. Plantar Warts (Verruca plantaris):

Plantar warts develop on the soles of the feet, primarily in weight-bearing areas. They can be uncomfortable or painful, with a thick, callus-like appearance. Plantar warts may have small black dots (referred to as “wart seeds”) caused by clotted blood vessels.

3. Flat Warts (Verruca plana):

Flat warts are usually smaller and smoother compared to common warts. They tend to appear in clusters on the face, neck, hands, or legs. Flat warts are more common in children and adolescents.

4. Genital Warts (Condylomata acuminata):

Genital warts are a sexually transmitted infection (STI) caused by specific strains of HPV. They appear in the genital and anal areas and may be single or multiple growths. Genital warts can be small or large, raised or flat, and can be flesh-colored or have a pinkish hue.

It’s important to note that some HPV infections, particularly high-risk strains, may not result in visible warts but can still lead to various health concerns, including an increased risk of certain cancers. Regular check-ups and discussions with a healthcare professional are essential for accurate diagnosis, prevention, and appropriate management of HPV-related conditions.